Poker players from across Europe consistently gather for European Poker Tour (EPT) events, but it was American Nick Petrangelo who took the top prize at the EPT Barcelona festival’s €10,300 Single Re-entry event this weekend. After a difficult three-way struggle that lasted four hours, Petrangelo prevailed and won €413,000 for his first-place finish, outlasting 195 participants and 45 re-entries.
The third and final day of play left 14 players battling for the top prize, with Alexandru Papazian in the lead. Pavel Plesuv knocked him out just shy of the final table, and Papazian joined other notable players Igor Yaroshevsky and Byron Kaverman on the rail. Plesuv held the chip lead going into the final table.
The first of the last eight survivors to go home was Yang Zheng of China, who won €57,270 after being eliminated by Petrangelo. Enzo Del Piero, who was the short stack, fell in seventh at the hands of Kitty Kuo, but Kuo wasn’t long for this world, either, bowing out in sixth to Roman Korenev in a kings-versus-queens battle.
By the time the table was whittled to five, Plesuv had fallen from his position and was the short stack. His fate was sealed when he put a K♢, J♢ against Korenev’s A♧, K♡. Plesuv earned €134,100 for fifth.
The trend of the hunter becoming the hunted continued when Korenev was wiped out in fourth by Markku Koplimaa and a pair of 10s.
Petrangelo, Koplimaa, and Marcin Chmielewski then entered the three-way battle of their lives with Koplimaa in the short stack and Petrangelo in the lead. Four hours of lead changes and big hands ensued before Koplimaa’s and his A♡, 7♧ were sent to the rail by Chmielewski and an A♧, J♤. That elimination put Chmielewski in the lead going into head’s up play. Koplimaa scored €220,230 for third.
Petrangelo buckled down during head’s-up play and doubled-up four times before the final hand saw the Polish Chmielewski go all-in with pocket fives. Petrangelo called holding a K♤, J♤. The board (9♢, J♡, 6♤, 2♡, 6♢) decided it wasn’t Chmielewski’s day and the hard-fought tournament went to Petrangelo.
This win brings his career tournament earnings close to $5.9 million.
Final table results:
Featured photo credit: EPT.
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